Auditing a Course At George Mason • Virginia residents that are 60 years of age or older are entitled to enroll to audit (no academic credit received) up to three academic credit courses per semester and pay no tuition or fees, except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials or laboratory fees. • Eligible seniors must be legally domiciled in VA for one year. • Mason does not impose any income level restrictions to audit a course for free.
How to Apply Fill out an admissions application to George Mason found on the Admissions website: http://admissions.gmu.edu/ or (703)-993-2400. Apply as a “non-degree” student and indicate your level of study – undergraduate or graduate (if you already have a degree). Your application will considered like that of any other Mason student. In other words, you will be accepted or denied admission based on Mason’s academic admissions standards. Be prepared to provide high school and, as appropriate, college transcripts. Mason will waive the application fee. ** ACT EARLY ** This process may take several weeks, especially if you need to request transcripts.
For a general idea of George Mason’s Admission Standards, below is a blurb by Allen Grove, College Admissions Expert, from the website “About.Com” Discussion of George Mason's Admissions Standards: Over a third of applicants to George Mason University don't get in. Successful applicants will need strong grades and, in many cases, solid standardized test scores. George Mason has test-optional admissions for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a class rank in the top 20%....You can see a pretty clear division at a 3.0 GPA - very few students with a lower average were admitted. On the test front, most George Mason students scored 1500 or higher on the SAT or 21 or higher on the ACT. Higher test scores and grades obviously improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and almost no students with "A" averages and decent SAT scores were rejected.
Once Admitted Once admitted, you can register for courses via the Patriot Web: https://patriotweb.gmu.edu/ Fill out the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Form (http://registrar.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/SCTW.pdf) and submit it to Office of the Registrar. You only need to submit this form once if you audit courses over multiple semesters. Make sure to contact the Registrar’s office each subsequent term you audit classes to remind them that the form is on record. Once registered, request a billing statement from the Student Accounts Office: http://studentaccounts.gmu.edu/ or 703-993-2484. Bring your billing statement to aParking Services Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-2710. They will provide you with a free parking pass. Admitted Seniors must adhere to all registration policies and must add and drop courses by the deadlines listed in the Academic Calendar (https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/)
For More Information • George Mason’s Office of the Registrar (703) 993-2441 • Office hours • Mon-Thursday 9-5 • Friday 10-5